Public Consultation - Reforming Privacy in Ontario's Private Sector

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Protecting Privacy and Supporting Ontario's Innovation Economy

To continue the mandate of digital innovation, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is seeking to address the gaps in the Ontario's legislative privacy framework, and to establish comprehensive, up-to-date rules that will protect privacy rights and increase confidence in digital services. By exploring key topics in privacy regulation, and considering feedback from Ontarians, we are committed to creating a unique, made-in-Ontario solution to today's privacy challenges, one that suits Ontario's size and complexion, and will nurture innovation for Ontario businesses, associations and other organizations.

To help initiate the conversation with Ontarians, we have identified a series of topics that have influenced privacy regulations around the world. Your feedback will help us to consider how these may apply to Ontario's private sector. We want Ontarians to have more access to and control over their own data when interacting with private businesses and organizations: to be better informed about how their personal information is used and what they are agreeing to when providing it; to be able to withdraw consent and retrieve their data more easily; to be certain that Ontario's businesses will uphold their privacy even in the use of new technologies and digital business models. In addition to protecting the personal information of individual Ontarians, we also want to ensure that any new privacy protections do not pose unnecessary burden to businesses, or inhibit the growth and prosperity of Ontario's innovation ecosystem.
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Posting Date:
August 13, 2020
Comments Due Date:
October 16, 2020
Contact Address:
Manager of Access and Privacy Strategy and Policy Unit
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Enterprise Recordkeeping, Access and Privacy Branch
134 Ian Macdonald Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2C5